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Finding a No Kill Shelter for Dog that Bites

My granddaughter has a 2 1/2 yr. old toy Poodle and so far he can't be around anybody. He has bitten 7 people on the foot so far. He is in a new apartment and surroundings too. He is left home alone all day. Do we put him down before we get sued?

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He is calm around the family and does many tricks, a real sweetie then. He is a dog for my granddaughter with ADHD and anxiety. The apartment management won't let him stay if we don't stop the aggressive behavior and biting people. Help, time is running out for him. They have no money for a trainer and read everything, to no avail. He is kept in a room with a gate all day. No one but us can get near him or walk by. Are there any no kill places to bring him near home? I have no pic to show, but he is black and weights 5 lbs.

By Brenda B.

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June 29, 20120 found this helpful

He is stressed from the new surroundings - putting him in a room by himself and leaving him alone will only make your problem worse. He needs to be walked at least 1/2 an hour or more every day. He also needs to be properly socialized with people outside of the family - muzzle him if you have to. When he starts to show aggression you can grab him by the scruff, pick him up off of the ground and yell No! really loud - he should eventually figure out that he can't do that anymore.It takes a lot of work but you can fix this.

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If the family is not willing to put the work into him - as much as I hate to say it - put him down - the owners created this little monster it is hardly fair to dump your problem animal off on someone else. Every dog I have ever owned has been because someone was going to take the dog to the pound rather than put in the work to fix the behavior problems. The dog is telling you that he is not happy. A well exercised dog (tired) is usually a better behaved dog. Hope this helps.

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June 30, 20120 found this helpful

A no kill shelter isn't going to take a biting dog. If the dog is rehomed, your granddaughter's family is liable if he bites someone. The dog needs a behaviorist who can come in and observe the family dynamics, and see what is initiating these biting episodes. Call the vet, and see who they can recommend.

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June 30, 20120 found this helpful

I'd think it would be hard for him to bite neighbors if he's on a leash. But he's bored and unhappy and left in a room alone all day is a big problem. Like someone else said he needs to be socialized. Dogs need lots of love and attention just like children. If there is a PetSmart in your area go in and ask to talk to the trainer. Explain to him that you cannot afford training but does he have any suggestions.

Is your Granddaughter old enough and responsible enough to walk the dog? If not and there is not an adult in the home to spend time with the dog it's best he's somewhere else. Someone said don't put him off on someone else but I disagree. I think there are very few dogs that are a helpless case and someone who loves poodles may be willing to take and train him as it's still a puppy. But don't just give him to someone without telling them about the biting.

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June 30, 20120 found this helpful

Look for a Poodle Rescue group in the state where you live. It is not fair to blame the dog because you can't afford to train him or give him the time and attention he requires. They can rehabilitate him and find him a good home. I know you love your dog but at this time you don't have the resources needed to meet your dog's needs. I belong to a boxer rescue and we help dogs that come from worse situations than you are describing. Please try to find a Breed ( Poodle in your case) Rescue and contact them about an owner surrender. Another thing, please don't use Craigslist as unscrupulous people accquire dogs and use them for dog fighting bait and other bad things. Good luck.

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